July 1, 2013

Lighting Design’s Big Night in Los Angeles–Lumen West 2013

“Surreal–a celebration of dreams and discoveries within the Lighting Design Industry”—that was the theme of the Lumen West 2013, the annual lighting design event organized by the Illuminating Engineering Societies of Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire.  And then what is surreal music? That was the question that our own Scott Hatton had to answer as the guest DJ for the cocktail hour at Lumen West.
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June 10, 2013

Supporting Future Lighting Designers: The David L. DiLaura Fellowship

By Scott Hatton

Oculus Light Studio is a proud sponsor of the David L. DiLaura Industry Professor of Architectural Engineering Fellowship!  David DiLaura was a 26 year professor at the University of Colorado’s Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering department and the reason why the Lighting Design Program there is one of the top ranked in the country.

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April 4, 2013

Consumer LED Lighting in Japan

By Archit Jain

As Lighting Designers we cannot escape looking at lighting everywhere. Instinctively we look at the ceilings and critique lighting in any place we go to (just ask my wife). We also appreciate when lighting is done well, and welcome thoughtful lighting design as it raises the bar for all of us.

The same applies to products. While in a train in Tokyo recently (JR Yamanote Line in case you are familiar with Tokyo and are interested)—I came across an ad panel for a consumer grade color temperature changing LED surface mounted fixture.

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March 7, 2013

January 14, 2013

Welcoming Jennifer Doran

By Archit Jain

Today, I am pleased to welcome Jennifer Doran as a member of Oculus Light Studio. Jenn brings 7 years of lighting design experience with her to us. With an educational background in architecture, and a skillset in art and graphic design, Jenn complements our Studio very well, and would help serve our clients even better. Jenn has designed lighting for a variety of architectural projects ranging from military bases to casinos. While at Lumia in San Diego, she was awarded the IES Illumination Award for the Wild Horse Pass and Casino in Chandler, AZ . She has also successfully completed the design of over a dozen LEED certified projects, including the LEED Gold Combat Training Tank in Miramar, CA.

Welcome, Jenn, to Oculus. We are excited to have you here!

November 19, 2012

October 16, 2012

Oculus 参与设计的苏宁超级旗舰店在中国开业

Oculus,与华盛顿贝尔维尤的建筑公司MulvannyG2合作,为苏宁超级旗舰店南京店完成了灯光设计,还包括位于上海、北京和广州的连锁旗舰店。苏宁是中国最大的家电用品零售商之一, 改进设计区域包括-建筑、灯光、展示架、指路标、图像和标牌。店铺面积由97,000平方英尺 (9000平方米)到538,000平方英尺 (50,000平方米),大部分的设计仅在5周内完成!
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October 15, 2012

Oculus Designed Suning Expo Retail Stores Open in China

Oculus designed the lighting for the flagship Suning Expo Retail Store in Nanjing and other rollout stores in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou in collaboration with MulvannyG2, architects based in Bellevue, Washington. Suning is one of the largest appliance and electronics retailers in China, and the upgrade included all areas—architecture, lighting, display, wayfinding, graphics and signage. The stores range from 97,000 sft. to 538,000 sft., and the majority of the design was completed in just 5 weeks!
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September 26, 2012

5 Steps to Mall Lighting

Once you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall. Puns aside, what makes ‘em all not look the same, and how do you create a definite nighttime and indoor identity to the shopping center that you are designing? These 5 key lighting strategies have proven to be successful.
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August 17, 2012

August 5, 2012

Fixtures Living Glendale

Oculus Light Studio is looking forward to designing the new Fixtures Living showroom at the Glendale Galleria in collaboration with FITCH! See you there in the fall of 2013!
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July 19, 2012

July 11, 2012

IALD LED Downlight Presentation Next Week

Come join us next week at Lighting Design Alliance for an exciting IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers) Event about LED downlights. It is a PechaKucha-style presentation where a several lighting manufacturer’s representatives each have exactly 5 minutes to present the best features of their LED downlights.
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June 27, 2012

Oculus Principal Archit Jain in LD+A Magazine

Archit was recently featured in Lighting Design + Application magazine this June. The topic was to describe the piece of public works or infrastructure architecture in Los Angeles that you would most like to light. Archit describes lighting the 105-100 freeway interchange…
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May 10, 2012

LP West Fixture Concept

It is not everyday that the product and design director for Louis Poulsen Lighting drops by your office.  Luckily we had a few days’ notice that Flemming Hald was coming so we had time to prepare an ambush!   When our favorite manufacturer’s representative Anne Frederiksen and Flemming came by, they thought they were coming to get our reaction to several new fixtures in development at Louis Pouslen. Little did they know that they would be walking into an unsolicited design pitch from Oculus!  As we presented our concept for fixture we called “LP West”, we could see a funny glint in Flemming’s eye and a crooked smile starting to form.

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April 26, 2012

Lighting Designers’ Must-See Seminars at Lightfair 2012

With Lightfair happening in Las Vegas next week, which of the many different seminars should you see? Lighting.com recently posted recommendations from several different lighting designers. Oculus Light Studio Principal Archit Jain recommends Glenn Shrum’s seminar called “Sensory Enlightenment: Light Art and Lighting Design.”

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March 18, 2012

Don’t Gamble on Casino Design

Don’t Gamble on Casino Design–Collaboration is a Safe Bet

Our very own Scott Hatton will be giving on talk on casino lighting design with Jeremy Windle of Lighting Design Alliance and Phil Treinen of Genesis Associates. Lighting and interior designers collaborate on projects all the time, but how can designers capitalize on these partnerships?
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February 20, 2012

Oculus excited to be working with AKA!

Oculus Light Studio has recently been appointed to design the lighting for new AKA luxury extended hotel in Beverly Hills CA.  AKA blends the style and sophistication of a boutique hotel with the space and luxury of a fully appointed condominium.  Oculus will be working with Koning Eizenberg in collaboration with Asfour Guzy Architects and  Pamela Burton & Company Landscape Architects.  The project will update the Crescent Apartments finished in 2006 and feature a newly renovated exterior façade, lobby, business center, fitness center, landscaped terrace, and new penthouse suites.

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January 15, 2012

What’s in a Name?

Why Oculus Light Studio?

Oculus is Latin for eye. It is also a circular aperture that allows light into a space (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oculus).

Since lighting design is a very visual profession and our job is to decide where the light allowing apertures go, the two meanings of the word suit a lighting design firm well. Realizing that there is more to lighting design that just locating lights, the eye represents both observation and perception – both important aspects of what we do.
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